We found the hotel by accident-- we arrived at Matemwe looking for somewhere to stay and had a choice of a left or right turn in the village. We turned right and were quoted some exorbitant prices along to beach so ended up at Nyota Bungalows which is at the far end of the beach.
We had a top floor bungalow which gave a view of the sea. The room was clean and decorated in rustic style with a zebra skin bed cover. The room was small, had no A/C but had a fan above the bed which kept you cool enough while sleeping.
The hotel is right on a beautiful beach and the grounds are covered in fine white sand so you really can forget your shoes for your whole stay. The bar/restaurant is similarly rustic, and was nicely atmospheric for an evening meal by candle light. Prices are quite expensive though--drinks are around double what you pay at Azanzi at the other end of Matemwe beach.
We liked the hotel and felt the price was ok for the room. One criticism is that the room is quite dimly lit so is quite dark on a night though this does add to the atmosphere. The management, particularly Emanuel, were very friendly and helpful and the guy behind the bar spoke perfect English and we were happy with service and standard of food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nyota Beach Bungalows is a small ambient resort located near the quiet village of Matemwe on the North-Eastern coast of Zanzibar. Set on an idyllic 5 km long white-sand palm-fringed beach, cooled by an Indian Ocean breeze, it offers a wonderful relaxing stay in Paradise. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Nyota Beach Bungalows Hotel Mahonda
- Nyota Beach Hotel
- Nyota Beach Bungalows Zanzibar, Tanzania